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Tale of a Coconut

Updated on October 20, 2017

In a nutshell . . .


Everything in existence - from a speck of stellar dust to a giant blackhole - has a wonderful tale to tell . . . if we care to listen.

What follows, is the story of an entity, which is one of the intermediate material manifestations of stellar dust in its long and apparently interminable voyage.

It is the story of coconut . . .


Verse-a-tale of a coconut

I trace my ancestory to the vast sea shores;

I'd laze in the sun and sand, with nary a chore.

Today, I power a global business and more;

Yet, remain my sweet and spotless self at the core.

Who am I ?

From the days of yore, it has been a journey long.

With exploits to provoke many a soulful song.

Looking back, there is neither elation nor remorse.

I am the unassuming and humble coconut of course!

My trees come in many varieties, as it is with all creation.

Very tall ones, that nurture and pursue sky-high aspirations.

Dwarves that are earth-bound and don't see it as a deprivation.

Nuts in a range of sizes, shapes, and hues that defy enumeration.

A part of me becomes a door-mat that is looked down upon and trod.

Another is highly venerated and considered cuisine fit for the gods.

Maybe, these extremes impart a lesson to me; a rather philosophical one.

Or perhaps, it is just an attempt to see virtue, when actually there is none.

The story begins, as I germinate and send a root into the earth and skyward a shoot.

Whether that is truly the beginning, however, is a point that is certainly moot.

From vigorous ascendance to the final fading, it is indeed a typical life story to boot.

But what is the cause and what is the effect - when I am both the seed and the final fruit?

My realm is the tropics, as far as the Sun in its annual sojourn, deigns to go.

Salinity that whittles other vegetation is what makes me flourish and grow.

You may find my kin beyond this domain, as a shadow of my robust self.

Between ice ages, I may have lived and thrived even in the arctic shelf.

Humans find me useful beyond compare, down to my smallest bit.

So much so, that they trace my origin to the dawn of time and beyond it.

They care not what my perspective is and whether with this surmise I agree.

They have coined a sobriquet for me, the "Every-wish-granting-tree".

Trees annually bear upto a hundred nuts each,

Suspended near the crest beyond human reach.

Taking almost a score of months to mature,

From a bud to a fruit that is packed with allure.

I can put on upto a pound of flesh,

Or hold nearly a litre of my tasty juice.

My coir would make more than a table-mat,

While the shell is put to multifarious use.

Humans balance their shortcomings by their ingenuity,

And device a host of very interesting methods to harvest me.

The simplest being striding up steps that are cut into the tree;

Training simians the toughest, "naturals" though they may be.

Some design implements that make the effort appear blithe;

Reaching up with a pole, at the end of which is a scythe.

Or a climbing machine that makes it a child’s play virtually,

Where the legs propel the body up, the hands being totally free.

Possibly, it is my long association with the hominids, from whom I have imbibed

The trait of revelling in large numbers; setting spirit, quality, and essence aside.

It would nevertheless greatly baffle you to know

That the annual harvest figures of a few months ago

Was 79,200,000,000 nuts, which would read

Seventy nine point two billion - staggering indeed.

With a world human population of 7 billions about;

The per capita consumption isn't so much to shout.

Just one a month and while some do consume many;

There are countless around who just go without any.

Many countries cultivate me commercially but there are three who truly dominate;

Together, of the annual global production, 65 percent, they aggregate.

India, the island clusters of Indonesia and The Philippines;

All endowed with high humidity, warmth, and vast coastlines.

I often wonder whether I should accept a price being put upon me.

My worth to myself is immeasurable, whatever others may consider it to be.

There is, however, the satisfaction that millions find employement cultivating me profitably;

And that I – the coconut, power globally, a 10 billion dollar premium industry.

That is only one part of the story though,

As I spawn a score of other related trades.

The pictures shown above are those of

Machines used in the industry as mechanical aids.

Marvel, I certainly do, at man’s creativeness;

Thoroughly awed, I often stand.

When I see him weave magic with my leaves

And his steady unerring hands.

His expertise at crafting with my shells is no less;

I envy his adeptness, I must confess.

Each an accomplished rendering of poetic art

Made from fragments that were once my part.

In raptures, I see the product range made from coir;

Adorning every space – be it a kitchen, bath or foyer.

Ropes and briquettes; drapes and furnishing;

Mats and mattresses, that add color to living.

I have no qualms in claiming that

My wood rivals mahogany and teak.

Grained differently, it has a golden hue,

And comparatively handles easy, so to speak.

My flesh is sun-dried and then crushed to extract oil

In swank refineries – unlike in the past; eliminating much mundane toil.

The residue after extraction - "Oil cake" as it is referred to,

Is productively used as cattle feed and as an organic manure too.

Humans must be crazy - for they use the same word to identify

A cooking apparatus, cooked food, and the party where it is consumed.

I am sure you would have guessed what I allude to - Barbeque -

The meaning and recognition of a range of activities, into it, is subsumed.

You may wonder why, on this matter, and in what context I chose to dwell.

The briquettes that fire a barbecue are made of coconut shells.

My contribution to industry and art is all very nice,

But I am also guilty of promoting a bit of vice.

Sap, collected from the base of my inflorescence

And fermented for a few hours or days thence,

Becomes a strong, heady and intoxicating drink;

Goading - man and his conscience – both, at times, to stink.

There was a time in my life when I just lived,

And never analyzed the whys and wherefores.

Contented and happy in endlessly gazing at

The tireless waves caressing the sandy shores.

The potent combine of modernity and man

Has forced a new and uneasy perspective in me.

Of reason, logic, flowcharts, and algorithms;

Necessary for the contemporary living spree.

It is said that long long ago all life had a common origin

In the primordial lake, amidst blinding lightning and thunderous din.

However, in this muddle of premises and verity, one fact stands out like a stud;

Coconut water is the only natural replacement for human and animal blood.

In coconut oil, there is found, lauric acid in abundance;

The only other similar natural source being human milk.

This substance is transformed to monolaurin in the human body,

Which fights harmful bacteria, viruses and others of their ilk.

Enthusiasts often go bonkers, and to promote me, will even sell their souls;

Smudging the line between decency and deceit, and rave about my traits in hyperboles.

That I am the purest of all waters and the most healthiest too, they unabashedly crow;

That I cleanse every body-organ and awaken all senses; Whether this is true, I don't know.

To accept accolades on a particular count I certainly will not shirk;

Inevitably though that it may entice many a sneer and smirk.

Gasps, ogles and sighs from the audience are supposed to invigorate the beauty queens to be.

The cause for success in every beauty pageant is however, invariably and truly me.

Know this then, Ye unwise selves; I am the best skin moisturizer and softner around.

Glow of skin and silkiness of hair are my bestowals. This is the Truth, even if naysayers abound.

My cultivation isn’t an easy chore;

I have my share of woes.

Hounded by a host of pests,

The farmer is ever on his toes.

And then there is always the ubiquitous rat;

With every living thing it seems to manage a spat.

No doubt it has its place in the natural food chain,

Or perhaps, existence could have done without this pain.

I am quite prone to many diseases as well;

Bacterial, Fungal, Viral, or Phytoplasmal.

To cure me with drugs, farmers do try;

If left unattended, I wither and die.

Providence granting me a full and healthy life,

I would live to see a hundred summers as a tree.

Towering above the land around, I would have

Showered down over 10,000 coconuts free.

Though many living forms consume my meat as food,

To Homo-sapiens has been the exclusive privilege.

Of inventing a zillion recipes for every food source

That is enticing enough to ensnare a commoner or a sage.

Though not a thriller, from a bud to bust,

This has been my life story.

Simple, straigthforward, yet interesting,

And which is neither violent nor gory.

© 2009 Ram Ramakrishnan

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    • Ram Ramakrishnan profile imageAUTHOR

      Ram Ramakrishnan 

      13 months ago

      Thank you, Sanjay, for the delightful observation! May the coconut always keep you hale and hearty.

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      13 months ago from Mandi (HP) India

      The coconut itself might feel elated by this beautiful tale. Congratulations. I will ensure to take my share of one coconut a month.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      14 months ago from Bangalore

      Wonderful creativity. Enjoyed it.

      - hari

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      5 years ago

      Great lens thanks

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I loved your coconut tale and I must admit that I have never seen a coconut tale told quite like yours.

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      5 years ago

      I think coconuts everywhere must be smiling to themselves that you have honored them with your wonder weaving. You know them well and so you can tell their tale with amazing insight of their multi-faceted being. Delightful! I've just been hearing about coconut oil being helpful with many neurological disorders because its the kind of fat our brains have or use.

    • victoriahaneveer profile image


      5 years ago

      Loved your verse-a-tale... and I adore coconuts!! Blessed.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I enjoyed learning many things about the coconut, which I love and enjoy in many of the ways you describe. I love this shines and feels so spiritual. Thank you

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      rawwwwwws lm 

      6 years ago

      Great tale! COCONUT!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, well done! Squidlike

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I don't think that I am ever going to look at a coconut the same again. I actually do consume probably my one coconut a month but it is in the form of shavings in the cookies cookies that I truly do so love. I love your lenses too. They are a little coco, and maybe a little nuts, but you certainly do know your coconuts.

    • LoKackl profile image


      6 years ago

      Your coconut verse-a-tale is intriguing, educational and fun! Blessed.

    • TheBaseballCoach profile image


      6 years ago

      I really enjoyed readin your tale of a coconunt

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      6 years ago

      Please partake of my praise for your poetically pleasing passages. :->

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      sukkran trichy 

      6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby god speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. today noted the message about coconut. enjoyed your lovely presentation.

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      7 years ago

      i love coconuts, they are awesome!

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed this lens so much. We do drink coconut water once in a while as it is very refreshing.

    • yayas profile image


      7 years ago

      Oh, marvelous! I really enjoyed it. I also learned quite a bit from it. Thank you for sharing. I must say, I did find that I got lost in the story of the poem.

    • jackieb99 profile image


      8 years ago

      I loved it...very interesting!

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      8 years ago

      looks fun actually!

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      8 years ago

      Entertaining, information and beautiful. Well done!

    • toriphile81 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very well done!

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      8 years ago

      congrats for your lens. Very nice writing.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Another fabulous lens! Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

    • cherylsgifts2go profile image


      8 years ago

      So cleverly written. Congratulations on his lens. It must have taken a lot of time and, definately a lot of thought to rhyme ever sentence. Amazing!

    • norma-holt profile image


      8 years ago

      The read is now much better the second time around but my hat is off to you for your poetic talent and wonderful presentaiton. Featured now on Lenses that Shine and well deserved LOTD

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      capriliz lm 

      8 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD. Well deserved! Your lens is quite unique and entertaining.

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      8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. What a great lens. So informative and beautifully presented. I learned a lot and completely enjoyed myself

    • burgessvillian profile image


      8 years ago

      Congratulations on lotd. Coconuts are my favorite tropical food

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      Eliza Rayner 

      8 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      beautiful! congrats on LOTD. I am a big fan of the coconut. one of my first pages here was discover the coconut in fact. amazing it is in so many ways and so delicious too.

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Congratulations on Lens Of The Day, this lens definitely deserves it.

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      8 years ago

      Cute hub! These images are amazing and they tell your store perfectly. Love the concept and that I learned so much just from this article alone. I still remember the one time I tried a real coconut, back in kindergarten, I thought it was delicious :)

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      8 years ago

      Simply a brilliant idea. Congrats on being given LOTD! This has got me thinking :)

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      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      Wonderfully written...loved learning more about the coconut through your 'pen-formation' ;) Congrats on LOTD!

    • squidluck profile image


      8 years ago

      Awesome and beautiful lense.Congratulations.

    • justholidays profile image


      8 years ago

      You have once again produced a lovely page, very personal and a beautiful tale of a coconut. Congrats on your LOTD!

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      So creative and unique. Beautifully done! Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      8 years ago

      I have enjoyed reading this lens and congratulate you on LOTD.

    • Violin-Student profile image


      8 years ago

      Very cute lens. Great work!

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Enjoyed it fully! Congratulations on LotD!

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      8 years ago

      wow i love your story board look on here, bright colors , great idea!

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      8 years ago

      wow..... i became fan of you. Please send me links to your other written resources. they will be great also

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      lasertek lm 

      8 years ago

      I like this lens so much! It is unique, packed with information and entertaining as well. Congrats on LOTD!

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      8 years ago

      I so enjoyed your Tale of A Coconut! Congrats on LOTD!

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations for LOTD for Tale Of A Coconut!

    • writerkath profile image


      8 years ago

      Oh, Ram! What a beautiful lens! Please accept my congratulations on you LOTD pick! I especially loved your line (amongst so many that I love!) "Smudging the line between decency and deceit, and rave about my traits in hyperboles." Oh so true...

      You are so in tune with the minutest information out there regarding this beautiful fruit. I and my husband use vast amounts of wonderful coconut products - milk, oil... and yet, I did not know some of the other uses that you mentioned.

      The fact that you were able to put so much educational material into a poem is astonishing. I think this would be a wonderful part of a lesson plan for students who are being taught about the multiple uses of the various wonders Nature provides for us.

      As a (sort of) humorous anecdote: When my husband & I were in St. Maarten last year, he and a young kid we met on a beach were trying to knock a fresh coconut out of a tree. There was one rotten one on the ground, so they took turns tossing the rotten coconut up into the tree to try dislodging it. As you might have guessed, this went badly, and at one point, the rotten coconut ricocheted off the tree back down onto hubby's head.

      Lesson was learned. Damage was minimal. :)

      Thanks again! And again, Congratulations!


      Kath :)

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      8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! You were a LOTD pick this week from guest author whitemoss. Thanks for sharing your original poetry on Squidoo!

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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      What a great lens Ram- a coconut seems such a simple thing, but you've raised it up to a whole new level. A global lens.

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a wonderful lens Ram, 5*****. It's entertaining, educational, and I love the graphics. You have definitely taken lens design to a new level, and it's a good level too.

    • norma-holt profile image


      8 years ago

      Wonderful unique lens on a great subject. You certainly are an author to be proud of. Blessed by an angel and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust


    • Rita-K profile image


      8 years ago

      Absolutely Wonderful! Thank you!

    • dahlia369 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very different lens and I greatly enjoyed it!! Loved the images as well, telling their own story even to those who wouldn't read the verse-a-tale. All stars!! :)

    • LoKackl profile image


      8 years ago

      I LOVE coconut's verse-a-tell. I pretty much love all your lens topics, Wordwinder. Very creative, entertaining and educational.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This lens is so creative. I immesely enjoyed reading it.

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      fotolady49 lm 

      8 years ago

      Very informative, entertaining and creative lens! 5*

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      8 years ago

      Intriguing to say the least. I haven't been on Squidoo long, but I read a lot of other lenses. Don't believe I have yet seen one that comes close to the format used herein. Wonderful word craftsmanship for such a simple subject. 5*

    • ZenandChic profile image


      8 years ago

      Came by this lens again to bless it.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      8 years ago

      I love your writing. Your coconut tale was amazing and your images perfect.

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      wow, I am awestruck! What a creative lens like all of yours.5*

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      I loved this coconut lens! You write beautifully.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      9 years ago from Mobile, AL

      A stunning lens of words and visual impact.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      9 years ago from Quezon City

      Another wonderfully written, beautifully crafted & creatively presented lens. coconuts are abundant in my tropical country & I believe you have just written a lovely ode to it. *blessed*

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      9 years ago

      I like it very much. The coconut, just like Seychelles beaches, is something very dear to me. What a story!

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      9 years ago

      As I adore coconut and coconut oil in particular, I think your lens is a wonderful tribute to the hairy beastie.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, this is really different and so creative! Also visually really fun and appealing.

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful poem on a unassuming matter...

      very creative..indeed!

      keep it up


      Coconuts received the name from Portuguese explorers, the sailors of Vasco da Gama in India, who first brought them to Europe. The brown and hairy surface of coconuts reminded them of a ghost or witch called Cuco.[3] When coconuts arrived in England, they retained the coco name and nut was added

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      9 years ago

      It has been a long time since I have read something so fresh...very touchy....I was always called the coconut in school...tough only from the outside....keep going and wish you all the best always..

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      9 years ago

      I can't say I've seen something like this before with regards to the humble coconut that I, too, adore. Definitely inspiring and a 5!

      Keep the coconut fire burning and let me know how I can help make it even hotter. Thanks a lot for this gift!



      Your Drugstore in a Bottle

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      9 years ago

      Just saying one thing. I could not stand to sit at a computer, and write something this long...unless it's one of the novel's I'm trying to get published...5***********! Gratsis!

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      9 years ago

      What an amazing lens - so unique and creative - a definite 5* and fav'd.

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      Lloyd Pinto 

      9 years ago from Mumbai

      What a fabulous lens! You seem to be born for Lensmaking! Rated 5* , faved and twitted.

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      9 years ago

      Actually it is very amazing lens, and the content is inspiring me of course..

      let me give 5 stars and fave it..

      thanks for the nice info

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      9 years ago

      Delicate and sad story, it has charmed me from the beginning to the last line. An enchanting poem!


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